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This research-based multiple-choice test is designed to assesses student understanding of basic electricity and magnetism concepts. The test is suitable for college-level calculus-based introductory physics courses or for advanced high school physics courses.

The test is based on investigations of students' difficulties with concepts in electricity and magnetism and should be given in a 45-minute period. The reliability and discriminatory power of this assessment tool have been tested. The results are available at: Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research: Volume 2, Issue 1, Page 7,

This assessment is free for use by instructors in their classroom. As it takes years of development effort to create and validate reliable assessment instruments, access is limited to educators and researchers.
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Education Foundations
- Assessment
Electricity & Magnetism
- General
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Assessment Material
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© 1997 Ruth Chabay and Bruce Sherwood
BEMA assessment, asessment for electricity and magnetism, assessment test, calculus-based assessment
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Metadata instance created June 15, 2006 by Bruce Mason
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Author: rome manalo
Posted: August 20, 2010 at 10:00PM
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I'm Romelyn Manalo, a student of Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Physics at Philippine Normal University-Manila.

How can I have the password for the document here?
I hope you can help me.
It will be a great help for my undergraduate research.
Thank you in advance!

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Re: need help

Author: Bruce, ComPADRE Dir
Posted: Oct 31, 2010 at 11:37PM


As noted in the description above, you will need to contact the authors to obtain the password for opening this assessment.

Thank you,

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